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June 26, 2006
University of Dubuque Receives Top CASE 2006 Fundraising Award


President Jeffrey F. Bullock today announced that the University of Dubuque has been named a recipient of the 2006 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)-WealthEngine Award for Educational Fund Raising. The award program recognizes superior fund-raising programs in colleges and universities across the country.

"We're indeed honored to be recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education for our fundraising efforts," comment President Bullock. "Without question, we have a loyal and generous group of donors who believe in the Mission and Vision of this place and have been willing to invest in the important work we are doing. More than anything else, this award is a reflection of their commitment to the University's renewal."

The CASE awards program salutes Overall Performance and Overall Improvement in educational fund-raising programs based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's (CAE's) Voluntary Support of Education (VSE) survey. CASE member institutions are automatically eligible for the awards upon their participation in the survey for three or more consecutive years. This year, 1,246 institutions were eligible for consideration based on their participation record with the VSE. An independent data analysis team narrowed the field to 504 higher educational institutions, from which 44 were chosen to receive the coveted WealthEngine Award.

An expert panel of volunteer judges selects winners based on a multitude of factors: the pattern of growth in total support (or adjusted total support if appropriate); evaluation of what contributed to the total support figure; overall breadth in program areas; pattern of growth in each program area; pattern of donor growth among alumni/ae donors and other individual donors; impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support; total support in relation to the alumni/ae base; and the type of institution.

"I join President Bullock in expressing our gratitude to CASE for recognizing the University with this award and to our donors who have made this award possible," said Senior Vice President for Advancement, John Puotinen. "While our staff has provided support, the President has been the point person in making this award possible."

The University of Dubuque joins colleges and universities across the nation including Amherst (MA), Bowdoin College (ME), Calvin College (MI), Cornell University (NY), Johns Hopkins University (MD), Middlebury College (VT), Stanford University (CA), University of California-Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wellesley College (MA), and Winston-Salem State University (NC) in being recognized by the CASE WealthEngine Award.